Masala Chana Dal Fritters

22 Feb

Senagapappu Masala Vada


Chana Dal 1 cup
Onion 1 small
Cloves 1
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece
Coriander Seeds 1 tbsp
Whole Red Chiles 3
Curry Leaves 8-10
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and finely chop onion.
Wash and tear curry leaves into small pieces.
Grind clove, cinnamon, coriander seeds and red chiles into fine powder.

Wash and soak chana dal for 3 hours.
Drain the water and grind the soaked chana dal coarsely adding least amount of water.

Combine the ground chana dal with chopped onion, curry leaves, ground masala powder and salt.
Take 1- 1 1/2 inch sized ball out of above chana dal mixture.
Place the ball on left hand and press it lightly to form a 2 inch disk.

Heat oil in deep vessel on medium high heat.
Deep fry the disks until golden brown on both the sides.
Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot.

If chana dal mixture is little watery, add rice flour to make somewhat tight mixture.

10 Responses to “Masala Chana Dal Fritters”

  1. Mythreyee February 22, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    looks wonderful. Thanks for the rice flour tip.

  2. lavanya February 22, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    vada’s looks so crispier..i add besan flour to make the mix little tight.

  3. Zlamushka February 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Wonderful picture. I love the spices you chose.

  4. Mansi February 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    Looks great Anu! I made similar ones last week, but added methi to it:) nice pic:)

  5. vimmi February 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    I had made this a long time back. still rememebr the taste though. They look so yummy

  6. Deepa February 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Perfect crispy Fritters !!!..Excellent pics

  7. Deepthy February 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Here’s my wada recipe:

    2 green chillies
    1 large piece of ginger
    mint or coriander leaves

  8. zohaib February 5, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    yes ,this recipe is rocked ,yes this is very good to eat with 2 green chillies ,mint or coriander leaves ,odakamm if you have any other good recipe then send to me at my above email address , thank you for tips & adviced

  9. dr.v.gopinathan April 20, 2009 at 1:07 am #

    If you add a pinch of soda bi-carbonate, it tastes much better and soft interior and crisp outer layer. Garam masala powder can be added along with finely chopped green chillies instead of adding spices as mentioned by you.


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